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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Aug. 27
Arizona at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy of the Padres starts the opener of a key series against the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

STARS
Sunday
-Carlos Pena, Devil Rays, hit a pair of home runs in Tampa Bay's 7-4 win over Oakland.
-Chris Young, Diamondbacks, hit two homers to help Arizona beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4.
-Ryan Howard, Phillies, homered and drove in four runs in Philadelphia's 14-2 rout of San Diego.
-Travis Hafner and Victor Martinez, Indians, singled home runs in the 11th inning to help Cleveland beat Kansas City 5-3.
-Matt Holliday, Rockies, homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help Colorado complete a three-game sweep of Washington with a 10-5 win.

SWEEPING SOX
in 85 years.

BOOM TOWN
David Wells pitched five effective innings in his Dodgers debut and Los Angeles beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of the three-game series. Wells (6-8) allowed seven hits and two runs, walked three and struck out two in his first game in 20 days. He was 0-3 with a 14.04 ERA in his previous four starts before San Diego cut him loose earlier this month.

POWER PLAY
Detroit defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday in a game in which home runs accounted for all the offense. Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer for the Tigers and Carlos Guillen added a two-run shot later in the frame. Marcus Thames also homered in the third for Detroit. Jason Giambi hit a solo shot for the Yankees in the second and Robinson Cano connected for a three-run shot in the fourth to complete the scoring.

RED HOT
Ryan Jorgensen's first grand slam helped 29-year-old Tom Shearn win his major league debut Sunday, and Cincinnati beat Florida 9-3 for its sixth straight victory. Since interim manager Pete Mackanin took over on July 3, Cincinnati has the NL's best record at 29-19.

INSIDE-OUT
Curtis Granderson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer for the Tigers in a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday. ... Derrek Lee hit his second career inside-the-park homer for the Cubs in a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.

STREAKING
Matt Holliday homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Colorado past Washington 10-5 on Sunday and extended his hit streak to 16 games - a career best. His is the longest current hitting streak in the majors.

SPEAKING
``I'll sleep in my car to pitch in the big leagues right now.'' - Cincinnati right-hander Tom Shearn, who won his major league debut, a 9-3 victory over Florida on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who slept on reliever Gary Majewski's couch before his big day, played in the minors for 11 seasons and spent another recovering from elbow surgery.

SEASONS
Aug. 27
1897 - Roger Bresnahan, later a Hall of Fame catcher, made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Washington Senators by beating the St. Louis Browns 3-0.
1937 - Brooklyn's Fred Frankhouse pitched a rain-shortened no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. The game was stopped with two outs in the eighth inning and the Dodgers leading 5-0.
1974 - Benny Ayala of the Mets became the first National League player in 13 years to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, connecting against Houston's Tom Griffin in New York's 4-2 victory at Shea Stadium.
1977 - Toby Harrah and Bump Wills of the Texas Rangers hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning as the Rangers beat the Yankees 8-2 at Yankee Stadium.
1978 - Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 200th career home run to become the first player in major league history to have 200 homers and 500 stolen bases.
1982 - Rickey Henderson of Oakland broke Lou Brock's 1974 record of 118 stolen bases in a season and stole three more bases in the Athletics' 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. It gave Henderson 122 thefts in 127 games.
1999 - Vladimir Guerrero's hitting streak was halted at 31 games by Cincinnati's Ron Villone, as the Reds beat Montreal 4-1. Guerrero went 0-for-2 with an intentional walk against Villone, ending the majors' longest hitting streak since 1987.
2005 - Jeff Kent became the first player to hit 300 home runs as a second baseman in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-3 win over Houston. The homer was the 325th of his career.
Today's birthdays: Jose Vidro 33; Jim Thome 37.
Aug. 28
1926 - Emil Levsen of the Cleveland Indians pitched two complete-game victories over the Boston Red Sox, 6-1 and 5-1. He did not strike out a batter in either game. The Indians used the same lineup in both games.
1951 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Giants 2-0, snapping the Giants' 16-game winning streak. The streak enabled the Giants to cut the Dodgers' 13 1/2-game lead to six.
1971 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hit two home runs to help himself to a 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
1977 - Steve Garvey of Los Angeles hit three doubles and two home runs in five at-bats, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 11-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. One of Garvey's homers was a grand slam.
1977 - In a 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Nolan Ryan of the California Angles struck out 11 batters to pass 300 strikeouts for the fifth time in his career.
1990 - Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman in history to have consecutive 30-homer seasons, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros.
1992 - The Milwaukee Brewers set an American League record with 31 hits and 26 singles in a 22-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.
1996 - The Cleveland Indians finished the season 12-0 against Detroit Tigers to become the seventh team to sweep a season series since 1900.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez hit his 40th home run, becoming the second shortstop in major league history to reach the mark in four straight seasons, as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 10-1. Rodriguez joined Ernie Banks (1957-60) as the only shortstops with four consecutive 40-homer seasons.
2003 - Eric Gagne set a major league record with his 44th straight save this season as Los Angeles beat Houston 6-3. Gagne eclipsed Tom Gordon's 1998 record of 43 in a row to begin a season.
Today's birthdays: Carlos Quentin 25; Ryan Madson 27; Jay Witasick 35.
 

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